Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery

Chapter 6: The Battles for Verrières Ridge


Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy by Terry Copp
Brian A. Reid, No Holding Back: Operation Totalize, August 1944 (Toronto: Robin Brass, 2005).

Official Histories

Cross Channel Attack: The U.S. Army in World War II by Gordon A. Harrison
The Victory Campaign: The Operations in North-West Europe, 1944-1945. Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Vol. III by C.P. Stacey
Victory in the West Vol. I: The Battle of Normandy by Major L.F. Ellis

Primary Sources

Canadian War Diaries of the Normandy Campaign at the Laurier Military History Archive
Operation “SPRING” by Lt.-Gen. Guy Simonds, General Officer Commanding II Canadian Corps
The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry at Verrières by J.M. Rockingham, Officer Commanding Royal Hamilton Light Infantry


“A” Company on Attack on Troteval Farm by the Fusiliers Mont-Royal on 24 July 1944 by Jacques Dextraze
The Attack on the Church in St. Martin-de-Fontenay: 31 July–1 August 1944 by Jacques Dextraze
Canadian Armour in Normandy: Operation “Totalize” and the Quest for Operational Manoeuvre by Roman Jarymowycz
Der Gegenangriff Vor Verrières: German Counterattacks during Operation “Spring,” 25–26 July 1944 by Roman Jarymowycz
The Essex Scottish Regiment in Operation Atlantic: What Went Wrong? by John Maker
Fifth Brigade at Verrières Ridge by Terry Copp
Lost in Normandy The Odyssey of Worthington Force, 9 August 1944 by Mike Bechthold
Operation “Spring”: An Historian’s View by Terry Copp< The Pawns of War: A Personal Account of the Attack on Verrères Ridge by The South Saskatchewan Regiment, 20 July 1944 by John S. Edmondson & R.D. Edmondson
“Pushing Their Necks Out”: Ultra, The Black Watch, and Command Relations, May-sur-Orne, Normandy, 5 August 1944 by David O’Keefe


Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, see Commonwealth War Graves Commis­sion


Maps and sketches from The Victory Campaign by C.P. Stacey